EVERY Facebook user should check their settings to avoid devastating hack attacks.
There’s a simple check you need to do to make sure you have two features turned on.
We’re talking about Unrecognised Login alerts and Two-Factor Authentication.
Both could help you avoid being compromised by crooks online.
Go into Settings and then look for the security section.
Then go to Get Alerts About Unrecognised Logins.
Facebook will warn you if someone logs in from a device or browser you don’t usually use.
Then you can check your account and log out any suspicious app sessions.
You’ll be able to see who is logging in from where, and on what device.
So if there’s something you don’t recognise, scrub the session from your account – shutting any potential intruders out.
If someone has been able to access your account, consider changing your password as a priority.
And add two-factor authentication to verify any logins with a text message – for even greater security.
You can do this in Settings > Password and Security on Facebook.
“As always, passwords are a risk for most people, especially when they are reused across different websites,” cyber-expert Erich Kron, of KnowBe4, recently told The Sun.
“Cybercriminals know that if they get one password, it is likely to work in other places, so they work hard to trick people into giving them up.”
Cyber-expert Sam Curry added: “In the short term, consumers should protect themselves with strong passwords and also enable two-factor authentication.
“Resetting passwords is always a good security measure, and you’d be surprised how many people today still use the password 123456 or ABCDEF,” the Cybereason chief security officer explained.
“In this day and age, and with a more complex and diverse attack surface, this is never a good idea.
“Laziness is no excuse, as hackers prey on this and their biggest asset is patience and time.”
Remember: someone accessing your Facebook account could prove very costly.
They could glean significant amounts of information that could be used to hack other accounts.
Or they could pose as you to defraud your immediate family, potentially rinsing the joint coffers.
They could even snoop on your private messages and potentially blackmail or extort you or loved ones.
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